The Joy of Creation
How to make storytelling more engaging, meaningful, and inspiring… from choosing the best of materials, to voice inflection, dramatic pauses,inserting thought-provoking questions, and encouraging the re-telling of stories through art, creative play and music. I will do this by choosing one or two children’s stories… not sure which ones yet… reading them to the children, modeling the storytelling, then leading the children in one or more of the “re-telling” activities.
Tina Marie (as she eccentrically likes to sign her name because just “Tina” looks too lonely) is the happy, busy home school mom of one beautiful granddaughter and 10 amazing children… from her BYU Law School student down to her 2 year old Michelangelo (who, thank goodness, cannot yet reach the ceiling). The one word that describes Tina best is “creator”. She says, “Creating is my lifeblood, whether it be words into stories, notes into music, seeds into a garden, ingredients into a meal, or babies into Children of God.” Writer, poet, playwright, composer, lyricist, theatrical director, costumer for film/movies, and a mentor of youth in Shakespeare and Acting in her SPARE time — normally, she can be found way off-Broadway, performing the leading role of Domestic Goddess in the local production of “Home is Where We Sweep the Floor Twice a Day.” **It’s a working title** Her character description rivals that of Superman for her ability to leap mountains of laundry in a single bound, and Garfield for her intense napping skills and love of Italian food. Tina’s passion and mission in life is to use stories to teach truth and hope, especially for children. Tina is a survivor of a childhood of alcoholism, drug addiction, abuse, neglect, violence, homelessness, and ultimately abandonment, which finally separated her and her siblings into foster care when she was 10 years old. LDS missionaries, tracking door to door, opened up a new vision for her life, and set her on the path to baptism. Her journey since then has been to break family patterns of addiction and abuse and to heal the past generations through family history and temple work. Tina is currently writing a book and parent guide for families entitled, “Here There Be Monsters” – an allegory of addiction, which will help parents and children recognize patterns of shame and addiction that may have been passed unknowingly down in their own families, and will help to open up the lines of communication about those things that are difficult.